Comic 863 - The fire still burns..

11th Jul 2013, 6:00 PM
The fire still burns..
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 7:50 PM edit delete
BY the way folks.. some of the first pages have now been replaced - go check em out.. just hit the "first page button or the double arrow :D "
Centcomm 12th Jul 2013, 12:24 PM edit delete
ALSO - If you want to request a Tech page Entry - on a item or craft. PM me here on comic fury and ill see how quick I can get something put togather :D ( maps are a bit off the list due to spoilers :D ) But you can always request and it might be processed when its no longer a spoiler :D
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highlander55 11th Jul 2013, 6:05 PM edit delete reply

Give it time Teedee. All you need is some time.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 6:36 PM edit delete reply

that she does...
cattservant 11th Jul 2013, 6:08 PM edit delete reply

Practical hyperbole and a deadly serious existential question!
Very close to the Core/Heart.

[TeeDee is beginning to close in on that irreducible center of her identity that no one can move or change!]
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 6:36 PM edit delete reply

Hopefully :D
ranger_brianna_new 11th Jul 2013, 6:13 PM edit delete reply

Ah. So that is why she was punching the bag so hard... :P
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 6:36 PM edit delete reply

oh yes.. SO hard :D gave herself a target :D
Stormwind13 12th Jul 2013, 1:53 PM edit delete reply

I'm surprised with that target there she didn't pull out a gun and blow the bag away!

TeeDee is VERY unhappy with CentComm. CentComm should be afraid, VERY, VERY afraid. Especially with Dr. Silver and Ada AGREEING that TeeDee has a right to be angry. That is a formidable trio of ladies to have against one.
Sheela 12th Jul 2013, 6:52 PM edit delete reply

Well, Centcomm isn't exactly an android ... or two, or even three ... she's an AIS.
Stormwind13 14th Jul 2013, 7:26 AM edit delete reply

True, but she still has PLENTY of dolls that can send her sensations of 'dying' when they are violently dismantled.

And TeeDee is in a MOOD to dismantle.
Don B. 11th Jul 2013, 6:27 PM edit delete reply
Extremely pissed at having a say in the matter? I can get behind that. But it seems to me that an identity crisis is at the heart of the matter for TeeDee. Is her body who she is or is it her core personality. Androids have the advantage of choosing their body configuration and can opt for a new one when they like and can afford it. Humans, on the other hand can go for body mods (mechanical or otherwise) but you can only do so much. Our personalities are inextricably linked to our bodies and if something catastrophic happens to it, that's it, that's all for us. WE can't have our personalities flashed. Not being an android I can't know what TeeDee is going through but I feel her pain none the less. I hope she'll realize that who she is isn't mostly based on the body she inhabits but the personality that drives it. I'd have to say that's true for all androids.

I very much like Ada when she indulges her funny side. She even gets a snicker out of TeeDee which I'm sure is no small feat in itself. I'd like to see more of this side from both of them but don't think that's very likely once they reach their destination.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 6:36 PM edit delete reply

Fixed the double reply. :D again you seem right one the money as always- and yeah Ada can be quite funny when she puts her mind to it. and quite silly :D
Don B. 11th Jul 2013, 6:46 PM edit delete reply
Thank you CentComm. My mouse has been acting up lately and I can't for the life of me remember how I registered to Comic Fury so I couldn't fix it myself. I can't even check the email Comic Fury sent me when I registered due to Microsofts upgrade to Hotmail rendering that account useless. I'll have to register again using a different tag I guess.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 6:48 PM edit delete reply

actually.. you can send a E-mail to Kyo ( the admin of comic fury he can and will help you :D
highlander55 11th Jul 2013, 7:21 PM edit delete reply

Problem is like when humans are growing up and saving for a Corvette but find out they can only get a Vega.
donbroome 11th Jul 2013, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
I can see your point, highlander55, but I'm pretty sure that the body Teedee is currently inhabiting is state of the art and very expensive. It only looks like a Vega to TeeDee but I'll bet it's a Lamborghini under the hood.
highlander55 11th Jul 2013, 7:36 PM edit delete reply

Could be a sleeper but that's not her point! She wants to not only be a bad ass but look the part too.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 7:55 PM edit delete reply

ding you and Don nailed it totally.. the body is a "Sprite" model adgile and fast - its been given a "striker" package a high end mil-sec fast assault package. she IS fast and deadly.. too bad she hasnt read the manual...
Sheela 11th Jul 2013, 11:09 PM edit delete reply

I suspect Ada will force her to read up on her stuff.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 11:27 PM edit delete reply

we shall see .. wont we? :D
mjkj 12th Jul 2013, 1:11 AM edit delete reply

Let's just hope she will...
Sheela 12th Jul 2013, 5:42 AM edit delete reply

Gonna be interesting when we finally see TeeDee unleash her waif-fu all lightning bruiser style. :)

I wonder if reading someone elses manual would be a social faux pas ?

Ada : Y'know, you're a lightning bruiser archetype ?
TeeDee : I'm a what now ?
Ada : A fast bugger !
TeeDee : How the hell do you know that ?
Ada : I read your manual!
TeeDee : ADA !! *blush*
Ada : >_<
mjkj 12th Jul 2013, 6:52 AM edit delete reply

Speedy Marsh 13th Nov 2016, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
Ada: You don't even know about your Stealth Laser Turrets, do you?
TeeDee: Gimme that rusting manual!
Ada: They're in the section marked, "SLTs" (*snrk*)
Don B. 11th Jul 2013, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
The look on Ada's face in panel three is priceless..."You can hate them SO hard!" I love the dialogue in all of your comics. Tamaree's interactions with that undead dude in Staff and Sword is hands down my favorite to date.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

to be fair I cant take all the credit. Rose does a lot of tweaks for the dialogue
she also did a lot of work on the first 15 pages of staff and sword :D

Thank you!
cattservant 11th Jul 2013, 6:41 PM edit delete reply

For a member of a Race that can easily exchange their physical bodies, TeeDee is (perhaps excessively) focused on the 'mechanical' aspect of her identity.
Time and circumstance are conspiring to redirect her attention it seems.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 6:52 PM edit delete reply

its kinda like someone thats focused on having "fit" body or being blond or having a tattoo.. having it "taken away" would upset you correct? and also changing bodies is the same level of danger as a heart transplant. only the very first transfer is safe. the longer a android lives the more data they gather the more dangerous transfers become.
cattservant 11th Jul 2013, 7:13 PM edit delete reply

That would tend to make 'reality' really real!

[Is that another reason TeeDee was putting off getting her planed upgrade?
Seems as if the risks from having had a 'extra' upgrade forced on her would tend to keep her in a body she didn't really care for.
TeeDee is obviously impetuous, but she doesn't strike me as person who takes unnecessary risks.*]

*(Though that may not be too obvious.)
highlander55 11th Jul 2013, 7:17 PM edit delete reply

In other words they could become vegetable or mineral instead if the transfer went wrong.
donbroome 11th Jul 2013, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
That would explain Dolly's trouble with her transfer then. So, what happens? Does their personality/memories become corrupted causing disfunctions of varying degrees or is it catastrophic causing the effective death of the personality?
highlander55 11th Jul 2013, 7:24 PM edit delete reply

I would think death is the outcome if cascade failure during transfer. The personality would be corrupted and then fragment. That's why Teedee sat by her bedside to make sure Ada was Ada other wise- BANG!
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 7:52 PM edit delete reply

Yes a cascade fail is a total systems crash even if they CAN assemble the code. it wont be "alive" it will simply be a robot. or a psychopath. or a mental wreck..
Fairportfan 11th Jul 2013, 9:58 PM edit delete reply

Plus, i'd wager, expensive as well as risky.
lalverson 11th Jul 2013, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
They say that fire though painful and destructive is a part of life. Some things must be burned horribly before they can even start to live. TeeDee dear child, the fire that burned you burned away all that you didn't need. You may have thought differently and you may still. But in time you will find you power and strength you thought you were cheated from, has been with you all along.
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 7:52 PM edit delete reply

Oh very nice - I like the way you think -

**ALSO check out the early pages of the comic .. new dialouge and pics!
donbroome 11th Jul 2013, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
That was very well said, lalverson.
Fairportfan 11th Jul 2013, 10:00 PM edit delete reply

water paper and clay
air to carry you
fire to burn the way

Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 11:31 PM edit delete reply

wow nice song there :D
cattservant 13th Jul 2013, 12:22 PM edit delete reply

This song is similar in spirit I think.
Rashala 11th Jul 2013, 8:32 PM edit delete reply

*to answer tedee, No fire can ever truly destroy a person's spirit, all it can do is temper it and make them stronger. the sharpening and honing after the up to the individual
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 11:31 PM edit delete reply

in deed it is..
Hornet 12th Jul 2013, 5:37 AM edit delete reply
Or break them it their choice.
Sheela 12th Jul 2013, 5:45 AM edit delete reply

No, no, you use oil and water to temper android parts. :)
Rashala 12th Jul 2013, 7:53 PM edit delete reply

not thier souls
Sheela 13th Jul 2013, 7:13 AM edit delete reply

Ah, but we don't know if there is a soul, or if it can even be tempered if one exists.
Rashala 13th Jul 2013, 12:07 PM edit delete reply

Anything that has the capacity to question the nature of it's own existence the capacity for emotions and compassion, and a will to live has a soul sheela. even A talking tank and her .....uh.....mentally special blue armored friend
velvetsanity 13th Jul 2013, 5:09 PM edit delete reply

"mentally special"? I hope that's not referring to Ada...
Centcomm 13th Jul 2013, 5:14 PM edit delete reply

im wondering myself now...
cattservant 13th Jul 2013, 12:17 PM edit delete reply

Like the One Ring. Can only be changed where it was created.
Sheela 13th Jul 2013, 12:35 PM edit delete reply

... the one ring ??

As for souls, we don't know if there's souls in the comic's universe, or if androids have them.

At least, the Gospels says nothing about souls just yet. Mind you, I may be forgetting some of the gospels, as they are getting somewhat complicated by now.

I guess I could ask the Reverse Master Switcher, but I don't know how to contact him!
Centcomm 13th Jul 2013, 12:38 PM edit delete reply

Actually we are purposely staying away from that although... Galina here makes a oath based on her beliefs Luna Star

But as for a actual real answer - sorry .. its the same as our world. no real answers ..
Tokyo Rose 14th Jul 2013, 1:53 AM edit delete reply

"But as for a actual real answer - sorry .. its the same as our world. no real answers .."

By one definition, a "soul" is created when the mundane is touched by the divine. Unless one counts factory 'bots as agents of divinity, androids don't qualify under that standard.

I think even the animistic faiths would have trouble stating that androids have souls, as they are not "natural". One could argue that since androids are largely made with metal refined out of natural ores or reclaimed sources, they are in fact powered by the screaming souls of a million dead rocks.
cattservant 14th Jul 2013, 2:20 AM edit delete reply

The Children of Earth & Fire.
Sheela 14th Jul 2013, 3:18 AM edit delete reply

"powered by the screaming souls of a million dead rocks."

Nice and poetic way of telling us how it works. :D
Centcomm 14th Jul 2013, 7:43 AM edit delete reply

Dont forget plastics .. lots of advanced plasitics.. ahh who am I kidding Rose said it best.
cattservant 13th Jul 2013, 12:45 PM edit delete reply

Yes O Clever One! Actual reference here.
Sheela 13th Jul 2013, 1:52 PM edit delete reply

Aw, but that's another ring .. I guess we'll just have to call it the 'two' ring then.
The 'two' ring, it's one better than the 'one' ring. >_<
cattservant 13th Jul 2013, 2:15 PM edit delete reply

'Three' rings and then it's on to the answering machine!

[Or; "Hello (hello)
Is there anybody in there?"]
Rashala 13th Jul 2013, 10:02 PM edit delete reply

To Answer The Mentally Special one is NOT in DataChasers.

it was in reference to Sheela's Name :) being the same as the AI in the Tank from Red VS Blue. And the mentally special one is the BLUE guy who often uses her to Kill....his own teammates.

velvetsanity 14th Jul 2013, 6:15 AM edit delete reply

ahhh,'s been so long since I've watched any of that...
Draginbeard 11th Jul 2013, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

Liking Ada more and more. Getting TeeDee to stop grinding her gears over what was done, and getting her focused on a plan to set things right was like pulling teeth!

Last panel, image fit the sentiment in a haunting, human way. Nice work =)
Centcomm 11th Jul 2013, 11:32 PM edit delete reply

pretty much.. stubborness thy name is TD.. :D she DOES have her good points belive it or not..
Sheela 12th Jul 2013, 5:45 AM edit delete reply

Stubborn people tend to keep going when the going gets tough, 'cause they're stubborn like that. :D
Centcomm 12th Jul 2013, 5:56 AM edit delete reply

one of TD's saving graces is she will never stop once she sets her mind to a task. and if that task is rescueing Lynn then god help anyone in her way. ( even though she may scream, bitch, and whine all the way... )
Sheela 12th Jul 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete reply

Besides, she has some pent up agression and revenge to deliver to the people that got her junked in the first place.
Centcomm 12th Jul 2013, 7:06 AM edit delete reply

oh yes... she has a WHOLE BARREL of whoop ass to unload on some poor smuck
Sheela 12th Jul 2013, 7:17 AM edit delete reply

Fill the barrel up with rage, adorn it with spikes, and roll it over the offending party ... repeatedly. :D
cattservant 11th Jul 2013, 11:36 PM edit delete reply

Is it just me, or did the page numbers just retract a bit? (like 6 pages!)

Centcomm 12th Jul 2013, 12:01 AM edit delete reply

yep - uploaded some pages at the front - it wound out taking out 6 pages that were no longer needed..
cattservant 12th Jul 2013, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

Well, if you keep it up, I may have come back out of The Woods in time for your Thousand Celebration.
mjkj 12th Jul 2013, 1:08 AM edit delete reply

Well, Ada sure knows how to lighten Teedee's mood :)

I think Teedee and Ada need some private time to discuss what had happened - how Ada died etc. - that will help Teedee sort her feelings.
Sheela 12th Jul 2013, 5:46 AM edit delete reply

Unfortunately, the entire mission has "not much time" stamped all over it.
Centcomm 12th Jul 2013, 5:53 AM edit delete reply

pretty much Mjkj is correct that course of action probably WOULD help BUT Ada knows getting TD to talk about her feelings is like pulling teeth. but she will do what she has to. Both of the girls are VERY dedicated.
Sheela 12th Jul 2013, 6:00 AM edit delete reply

They're basically just one step shy of being lovers.
mjkj 12th Jul 2013, 6:56 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, Cent, and I hope she will succeed.

True, Sheela. They are very close - and I believe seeing Ada die was quite hard for Teedee and cemented that even more.

...and it looks like Teedee is blushing in the first few panels...
Centcomm 12th Jul 2013, 7:03 AM edit delete reply

Seeing Ada "go offline" was one of the hardest things she ever did.. and it was the MAIN reason she killed Gavin like she did. ( aside from the fact he was probably going to kill the S&R Doctor. ) if she felt she had the time. she porobably would have gut shot him. and watched him die slowly.

At MJKJ actually ever had your mom call you to task on a problem .. thats how TD feels. Ada isnt talking down to her. shes practicly begging td to not be self distructive.
cattservant 12th Jul 2013, 12:55 PM edit delete reply

That being TeeDee's complete lack of inclination.
Tokyo Rose 14th Jul 2013, 5:13 PM edit delete reply

Although "Asexual Life Partners" might apply from Teedee's side...
JustNoPoint 12th Jul 2013, 4:55 AM edit delete reply

The way you have the balloon zip off to the right at the bottom of panel 1 is a good way to zip a reader's eyes to the next balloon. However you should extend it all the way off page as it looks odd having such a needle like tail stick out the other balloon like that.

Very nice dialogue these last 2 pages =D
Centcomm 12th Jul 2013, 5:54 AM edit delete reply

:D I really do like the new things Rose is trying with the balloons - Ill point out the post to her... :D
mjkj 12th Jul 2013, 6:58 AM edit delete reply

It looks to me like it does extent to the right of the other balloon, though it is quite narrow and sharp-pointed.
Tokyo Rose 12th Jul 2013, 3:00 PM edit delete reply

Normally when I lead a balloon tail off-panel, I square the tapered end off at the edge of the panel. Shortened it up a bit too much on this one.
scassett 12th Jul 2013, 6:18 AM edit delete reply

I predict TD ends up keeping the body and liking the fact that she is constantly underestimated.
mjkj 12th Jul 2013, 7:00 AM edit delete reply

I think she might do so - but only after she has explored all its fighting possibilities and sees what it is capable of.
Sheela 12th Jul 2013, 7:19 AM edit delete reply

I could see her keep the underlying frame, once she figures out how fast it is, but opt for a new skin with better defense rating, and add a few mods ... like better Stealth Laser Turrets. :)
mjkj 12th Jul 2013, 10:49 AM edit delete reply

Hmm, sounds nice :)

Stealth Skin™: renders you almost invisible when activated defeats ir and uv detection and equals out your heat emission with the temperature of your surroundings...

I think Teedee would like something like that.
cattservant 12th Jul 2013, 12:49 PM edit delete reply

With a size or two increase in cup size TeeDee would have better firing angles for her SLTs. Not to mention room for extra power cells!
Centcomm 12th Jul 2013, 2:46 PM edit delete reply

hehee I like that - and I like the stealth skin idea too ( actually that does exsist .. )
highlander55 12th Jul 2013, 5:44 PM edit delete reply

Why not put extra power cells in her butt too? Just a little Boosty when needed. LOL
Sheela 12th Jul 2013, 6:55 PM edit delete reply

I was thinking that improved SLT's might net her more hugs from Ada.

... because she's crafty like that. :D
KarToon12 12th Jul 2013, 10:28 AM edit delete reply

Ada's a poet too? :)
mjkj 12th Jul 2013, 10:54 AM edit delete reply

Seems like - Ada has many talents :D
Centcomm 12th Jul 2013, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

Ada "THINKS" shes a poet. :D
cattservant 12th Jul 2013, 12:57 PM edit delete reply

She read the manual on rhymes.
Tokyo Rose 12th Jul 2013, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

More like a revivalist tent preacher :D
Stormwind13 12th Jul 2013, 3:10 PM edit delete reply

Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show (
Stormwind13 12th Jul 2013, 1:57 PM edit delete reply

Well I think it is a gorgeous page. You can about FEEL all the emotions going on.

Thank you and Rose for the page.
Centcomm 12th Jul 2013, 2:45 PM edit delete reply

your very welcome - we really try to get the "punch" into the charcters kin both words and actions :D
mushroomisland 12th Jul 2013, 5:09 PM edit delete reply

the punching bag.... xD
highlander55 12th Jul 2013, 5:45 PM edit delete reply

I feel like it is getting time to go back to Lynne now.
mjkj 13th Jul 2013, 1:29 AM edit delete reply

Indeed. I miss her and Acantha.
Stormwind13 13th Jul 2013, 7:22 AM edit delete reply

Don't forget about Kyle.

It might be getting close to time to check in on him. He might be recovering from whatever Rose did to him (or does one EVER recover from being exposed to Tokyo Rose? :-D).

I mean way back on page 731 his ETA was 3 hours!!! I think the 3 hours has passed by now, of course he may be at the place he needs to be and still being sleep taught. Which wouldn't make for a very exciting comic. :-D

And I'm not sure they are quite done with the current group. There are still things to be said here, I think. Though I agree it seems to be winding down for now.

Of course the evil genius behind the comic may surprise us all yet again. :-D
Tokyo Rose 14th Jul 2013, 5:10 AM edit delete reply

If only we'd thought to have Cent do a pic of Kyle sleeping and sort of drooling a little bit. That'd be fun.
Centcomm 13th Jul 2013, 8:56 AM edit delete reply

fear not - I cant really say much but everyone is being tracked-

Actually we will check in on Kyle after we finish this segment. ( finish being a fluid word - we have a lot of good things coming up - new places.. new people action. and other stuff! I promise!
Stormwind13 13th Jul 2013, 9:18 AM edit delete reply

Never doubted it. And this is why we all breathlessly wait for your next update. :-D

The way you have been going about trying to keep everything current, I figured it might be getting to Kyle's turn. Good to know I haven't lost ALL perspective. :-)
Centcomm 13th Jul 2013, 9:52 AM edit delete reply

no actually your right - It IS Kyles turn next., then Lynn and Acantha - then back to Dolly ( although Dolly and Ceci may have a short segment inbetween just to keep the timelines good .. )
Sheela 13th Jul 2013, 10:10 AM edit delete reply

Ack .. we're being tracked ?
cattservant 13th Jul 2013, 10:14 AM edit delete reply

Watch out for the trains!
Stormwind13 13th Jul 2013, 10:19 AM edit delete reply

The light at the end of the tunnel is not a train, cat... it is the oncoming DRAGON breathing fire! :-D
Highlander55 13th Jul 2013, 10:21 AM edit delete reply
<Mongo>- Has to do with Choo-Choo going thru Rock Ridge.
Sheela 13th Jul 2013, 11:19 AM edit delete reply

Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-dead that brings total obliteration ...
cattservant 13th Jul 2013, 10:43 AM edit delete reply

THIS might be of interest to the Commenteers!
Sheela 13th Jul 2013, 11:18 AM edit delete reply

Hrm ... reminds me of this program on discovery.
Centcomm 13th Jul 2013, 1:12 PM edit delete reply

both are really awesome links .. nice job!
highlander55 13th Jul 2013, 7:01 PM edit delete reply

This is way off topic but I was thinking today about how DC and LS are linked together. I don't expect any confirmation. It is my feeling that Galina is still around on Luna in some form or another even after all these centuries. Having an part in all the IA becoming sentient thus stopping the wars.
Centcomm 13th Jul 2013, 7:04 PM edit delete reply

all I can say is this .. the "impact" of what happens in Luna Star is still active in Datachasers.
highlander55 13th Jul 2013, 7:15 PM edit delete reply

< goes back into the shadows to see the story unfold >
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 23rd Jul 2013, 10:33 AM edit delete reply

Everything about this page SINGS. Love the comedy, love the somber drama, LOVE.
Computant 13th Aug 2016, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
I can totally see how some of the DM maps would be spoilers, but I'd love to see a map of the North American Continent with just the three main cities (new rome, sparta, and new troy) shown, just to have a sense of scale.
You could probably also put Joliet in by now I suspect.
Centcomm 13th Nov 2016, 11:30 AM edit delete reply

Take a look at the tech pages :D
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